Day 3: In the studio with sick kids, planting coconut trees, afro-cuban mural

Day 3 – We had planned for a crowd in Maderos’ studio although it wasn’t that bad. The kids in the studio were quiet and younger than the ones from the day before. They had different illnesses. Maderos was teaching them to paint masks while another group of kids were finger painting. The day was beautiful, a lot of natural light was coming in so photographers were able to get a lot of cute shots of the kids. The kids were really happy and photographers and videographers were able to get those emotion shots.

We had lunch in the fancy restaurant with Mederos’ paintings on the walls, while the band was playing for us while we ate. The meal started off with bread basket for all. The meat eaters had a choice between fish and shrimp with a side of mashed potatoes. The vegetarians had pastry filled with veggies, which was very delicious. We had chocolate and coffee flavored ice cream and sprinkles and chocolate drizzled on top.

After lunch, we went to see a movie about the caves preserved in Cuba. We watched an awesome 3D documentary, which was an amazing sight and surprising the technology was available for them to build that. They won an award for the movie. The short film signified the importance of preventing building apartment on top of the caves which they were trying to preserve.

Next, we went to the farm above protected cave area and saw huts, piglets and cute puppies running around. They reused scraps and material to make the huts and build an establishment on the farm land. There was a solar cooking box made of aluminum and made it possible to cook food with solar power. The iMedia team planted the coconuts and learned that students go to the farm to plant.

Lastly, we visited a really unique Afro- Cuban community! The history of the town is that African slaves were brought to Cuba but they were not wanted because of their dark skin and they weren’t natives. Over time the law the society changed and government laws became less discriminatory toward dark colored people. The wall was carved with drawings of the history.

A section of the wall in the
Afro-Cuban Community

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